Thursday, June 20, 2013

Clean Eating: why you probably should and some recipes!

Guess what? I woke up this morning excited because I thought it was Friday. Talk about a let down when I realized that it is not Friday. Instead it's Thursday and I do not get to leave early to have a road trip and spend the weekend with some of the most fun girls I know. Today I will work all day in my office and pout over the fact that it is not Friday.

On an unrelated note, I read this article this morning and felt incredibly compelled to share it with y'all!

Yes, you read that right. We are allowed to buy and consume nasty stuff that is illegal to sell to humans in other countries. Seriously, have a read. It's bizarre what we buy and put in our bodies. This my friends is just one more reason to eat clean. Now I'm not saying that I eat clean 100% of the time. I do try to make good choices and eat foods with less preservatives and shorter ingredient lists. The best foods are the ones just picked from the ground, tree, bush, you get the picture.

Unfortunately, with my stomach issues, I have a lot of trouble digesting most raw veggies and several fruits. Despite this set back, I still find plenty of ways to snack healthy and eat fruits and veggies. I can over cook vegetables to make them easier to digest and I can eat fruit without the skin. I feel like a toddler again now that I'm back to eating those peach and pear fruit cups! Don't worry, I only buy the ones with no sugar added in natural fruit juice...yes, this was recommended by my nutritionist :)

What I'm getting at is that we all have excuses as to why we aren't fueling our body properly. It makes my stomach hurt. I don't have time to cook that. This tastes so much better. It's a quick and easy grab. Yeah, well so is an apple. Grab an apple over a bag of chips: you don't have to cook it, it tastes great and it's quick. Well it does hurt my stomach so I'll just grab a banana instead, but you see what I'm saying.

I will now end this rant on why people should eat clean. It's a choice and you have to make it yourself, but reading articles like the one above may be able to jump start your decision. Seriously read it...gross.

So here are a few clean eating recipes that I have on Pinterest for those of you looking to change your eating habits or just wanting some new recipes!

Okay, I know this is from my blog, but it's a staple at the Gougler house! Love me some spaghetti squash!

Brownies and Peanut Butter balls with no added sugar! I made these and they're delish...peanut butter was my fave! Surprise, surprise I know :)

I may be making these tonight! I have all the ingredients!

On my to make list...sans olives.

I don't think these are completely clean, but there is no flour and it uses chickpeas instead! Yummm!

What are some of your favorite "cleaner" recipes?
Have you read any other disturbing articles that have changed your eating habits?

Until next time...
With love and God bless,


  1. That article is going to disturb me, I'm scared to read it! I need to do better at eating clean, I was doing great in February/March and now I'm all "I need all the junk food in my life". Sigh.

    Brownie balls? Um, those sound yum. Make me some!!

  2. I read that article last night and I was so grossed out. A lot of the things aren't in my regular rotation, but gum? I chew that so I don't snack too much at work and now I'm scared of it, haha! I wish my husband liked tomatoes because those look delish! Maybe I could try with bell peppers... if you make them, let me know what you think!

  3. Definitely checking out those peanut butter and brownie balls!!!

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  4. Those quinoa and spinach stuffed tomatoes look delicious! I'm going to have to make them next week!


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